Five Fayette County Corrections Officers Indicted on Inmate Abuse Charges

They’re supposed to watch over those accused of breaking the law, but a Federal Grand Jury says some Fayette County Jail Employees…were doing some lawbreaking of their own.

Five current and former Fayette County Corrections officers are indicted on allegations of inmate abuse.

The indictment alleges the multiple incidents of abuse took place from January to October of 2006.

Five officers face charges, they are:  Lt Kristine LaFoe, Sgt. John McQueen, Sgt. Anthony Estep, Cpl. Carence McCoy and Cpl. Scott Tyree.

According to the indictment…the defendants assaulted inmates at the intake unit of the jail and they conspired with each other to cover up the abuse by filing false reports and charges.

This isn’t the first we’ve heard of alleged abuse at the Fayette County Detention Center. In October 2006, the F-B-I searched the jail and carted away documents in its probe of excessive force.

Today Mayor Jim Newberry released this statement after learning of the indicmentments

“We have been aware of the ongoing investigation at the jail and will continue to fully cooperate.”

The Mayor continued by saying all of the indicted officers will be suspended with pay except for Scott Tyree who no longer works at the Detention Center


Correction Officer Admits Role in Rikers Cover-up

NEW YORK — Prosecutors say a Rikers Island jail officer has admitted turning off a surveillance camera so it wouldn’t capture a fellow officer punching an inmate.

The Bronx district attorney’s office said Friday that Correction Officer Nicholas Zito pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of attempted official misconduct.

The name of Zito’s lawyer wasn’t immediately available. Representatives for Zito’s union haven’t immediately returned a telephone call.

Authorities say Zito disabled the camera before another officer’s attack on an inmate in October 2005. They say the assault was payback for a different inmate’s slashing of another officer.

 Prosecutors say the 35-year-old received a conditional discharge, meaning the charges will be dismissed if he stays out of trouble for a certain period. They say he hasn’t lost his job but may be disciplined.

Fired Montgomery jail worker indicted in sex case

A man who was fired from the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office in May has been charged with having sexual contact with an inmate.

On Monday, Santiago Alcantara, 37, of Raintree Drive was booked at the Montgomery County Jail. He made bail of $10,000.

A one-count indictment handed down in the June term of the grand jury said that Alcantara had sexual contact with a female inmate April 28.

After an investigation, he was fired from the Sheriff’s Office, officials said.

Alcantara was the second sheriff’s office worker indicted on such charges this year. Kevin Vance, 30, a former office employee, was indicted last week by the grand jury.

Having sexual contact with an inmate is a Class E felony and carries a one- to six-year sentence under state law.